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Army general cleared of illegal 'psy ops'

WASHINGTON, July 27 (UPI) -- Investigators have cleared a U.S. Army general of allegations he illegally used psychological operations to try to persuade legislators to increase war funding.
Petraeus to probe illegal manipulations

Petraeus to probe illegal manipulations

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- The U.S. military commander in Afghanistan will probe allegations the Army illegally tried to convince visiting U.S. legislators to increase war funding.

NATO to provide $11.6B for Afghan security

KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- The United States and NATO allies have greatly increased assistance to Afghanistan's security forces in 2010 and 2011, officials say.
Afghan troops building costs soar

Afghan troops building costs soar

KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- This year's cost to the United States and NATO to build Afghanistan's security forces is put at $11.6 billion, more than in any previous year, figures show.
NATO report: Attrition hurts Afghan forces

NATO report: Attrition hurts Afghan forces

BRUSSELS, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Progress has been made in building Afghan security forces, but attrition among officers and a lack of mid-level leaders are challenging, a NATO report said.

Training Afghan forces a daunting task

ARLINGTON, Va., Aug. 23 (UPI) -- The U.S. military plans to recruit 141,000 Afghan police and troops to build a force large enough to take over the nation's security. Military leaders say they'll meet that recruitment goal by October 2011 but the work of crafting a professional army out of a population with soaring illiteracy and attrition rates still lies ahead.
HEATHER SOMERVILLE, MEDILL NEWS SERVICE, Written for UPI

NATO reviews Afghan training mission

BRUNSSUM, Netherlands, March 24 (UPI) -- Soaring attrition rates and corruption in the Afghan police ranks require international supporters to review training procedures, NATO officials said.

U.S.: Iraqi ringleader dead

BAGHDAD, May 21 (UPI) -- An explosion in western Baghdad killed three Iraqi soldiers and injured two others Monday.

Caldwell: Have yet to ID al-Masri's body

BAGHDAD, May 3 (UPI) -- U.S. Army Maj. Gen. William Caldwell Thursday said he cannot yet confirm Iraqi terrorist leaders Abu Ayyub al-Masri and Abu Omar al-Baghdadi were killed.

UH-60 Black Hawk downed near Baghdad

BAGHDAD, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Maj. Gen. William Caldwell said Wednesday small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades likely downed a U.S. helicopter in Iraq.

Crashes spur changing helicopter tactics

IRBIL, Iraq, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- A series of recent helicopter crashes in Iraq were the result of enemy fire, the U.S. military in Iraq said.

Reward offered for missing soldier

BAGHDAD, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. officials in Baghdad are offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the safe return of a kidnapped soldier.

U.S. military touts progress in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- The chief spokesman for the U.S. military in Iraq Thursday touted the progress being made in building an independent Iraqi security force.

U.S. says Al-saeedi captured in June

WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- A U.S. military spokesman said a high-level al-Qaida leader whose capture was announced by the Iraqi government Sunday was actually captured June 19.

Iraqi PM readies for military control

WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- The Iraqi prime minister is set to take operational control of Iraq's air force and navy for the first time since the collapse of Saddam Hussein's rule.
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